Thursday, June 9, 2011

Time to act: Save a million lives by 2015 - Prevent and treat tuberculosis among people living with HIV

'A new epidemiological model shows it is possible to sharply reduce AIDS deaths worldwide by preventing and treating tuberculosis (TB). At present one in four AIDS-related deaths is precipitated by TB; the vast majority of these could be averted, since TB is curable.

The model, which provides a clear blueprint for saving lives, was produced through a joint effort by the Stop TB Partnership, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Building on well-established methods for preventing and treating HIV-associated TB that are recommended by WHO and UNAIDS, the model shows that by scaling up these approaches worldwide a million lives could be saved by the end of 2015.

"There has been a surge in awareness about the deadly TB epidemic among people living with HIV, but insufficient action. Now new scientific work has shown that we can prevent a million deaths among people living with HIV by end 2015 by providing integrated HIV and TB care," said Dr Jorge Sampaio, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Stop TB and former President of Portugal. "I call on the world's leaders to take up this challenge. It is time to take bold action. Not to do so would be an outrage."'

To learn more, visit the Stop TB Partnership
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